AMSTERDAM _ The end of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race means Mastervolt gets ready for its usual post-event analysis. The Dutch company installed identical marine electrical systems and components on the 7 VOR yachts. For each boat there is enough stuff to check out.
During the race, Mastervolt’s onboard electrical system powered water ballast pumps, sat gear, all interior and exterior lights, the VOR fleet’s broadband, navigation devices, an onboard LAN network, a gas alarm, radar, bilge pumps, 2 onboard PCs, VHF radio, AIS, a water maker, fresh water pumps, the electric-hydraulic pump of the canting keel and onboard reporters’ media gear.
But it is not just the amount or complexity of gear that are important, but above all the extraordinary operating conditions. Nowhere else are Mastervolt products subjected to more extreme conditions than in the globe-circling sail race.
Each VOR entry has a 2-part Mastervolt power system consisting of a MasterBus and the CZone.
The MasterBus includes 2 series of MLI 24/5000 Lithium Ion batteries that can run heavy loads for long periods and are quickly charged. Plus: 2 24-150A alternators, 2 Alpha Pro charge regulators, 2 Magic DC-DC converters (24/12-20), a MasterBus USB Interface, a multipurpose contact output, 2 500A safety relays and a DC Distribution-500 and a MasterShunt-500. For its part, the CZone section has a Combination Output Interface (COI) touchscreen (photo) showing various readings, a CZone MasterBus Bridge Interface and a CZone Network Bridge.
The CZone is a digital control and monitoring network. It simplifies installation of electrical systems by replacing cumbersome wiring to switch-and-fuse panels. It has state-of-the-art interfaces and light NMEA 2000 network cable. CZone also provides a sophisticated solution via the automation of complicated control and monitoring issues associated with today’s onboard systems.
The CZone is designed for 9-32 V systems. It features built-in timers, dimmers, alarms, voltage reducers and load shedding. It also has a manual bypass.
In the VOR race, Mastervolt is not operating in a cocoon. The benefit of its CZone system will spread far and wide.
Boat builders, says the company, will recognize an immediate benefit in reducing cable use, harness weights and installation times. The CZone system integrates many stand-alone components into one intuitive system. Wiring is simplified as the CZone system does away with complex switching clusters and wiring runs. Modules can easily be added into the system to best suit the OEM and end-user needs.